Modification of Weak Localization in Metallic Thin Films Due to the Adsorption of Chiral Molecules

Meital Ozeri, Jiahui Xu, Gilad Bauer, Linde A.B. Olde Olthof, Graham Kimbell, Angela Wittmann, Shira Yochelis, Jonas Fransson*, Jason W.A. Robinson*, Yossi Paltiel*, Oded Millo*

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Abstract

We perform low-temperature magneto-conductance measurements on Cu and Au thin films with adsorbed chiral molecules and investigate their phase-coherent transport properties. Upon adsorption of chiral molecules, the spin-orbit coupling strength in Cu decreases and the Au films become ferromagnetic as evident from weak localization and antilocalization data. A theoretical model indicates that anisotropy in the molecular tilt angles, provided that the chiral molecules act as magnetic moments, induces a nonvanishing magnetic exchange interaction, causing changes in the spin-orbit coupling strength in Cu and Au. Our work adds a new viewpoint to the plethora of unique phenomena emerging from chiral molecule adsorption on materials.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)4941-4948
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Volume14
Issue number21
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2023

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